Another great NFA has concluded! I had a wonderful time seeing friends and hearing some great concerts. This year I didn’t do as much as I usually do for two reasons, one – I’m recovering from a concussion and have less energy than usual and two—I was helping to sell flutes at Flute Center of NY’s booth!!! Here’s a few NFA highlights for me:
I attended the first part of the Gala opening concert on Thursday night and loved hearing the fife and drum core- I love spectacle and the perfection of the playing and marching, the uniforms and the evocation of early America was inspiring to this first generation American. I also loved Fourth Wall and their creative, funny, acrobatic and beautiful interdisciplinary approach, it was a great way to open the conference. I managed to get to the concert of the Shropshire Music Foundation and truly admire the work that they are doing teaching children peace through music- very inspiring to me. I loved hearing Flutronix at the concert called “Experience” featuring performance art, sound, movement and media and enjoyed Fluterscooter’s video presentation at the same concert.
Keith and I enjoyed seeing those of you who attended our book signing at the Fluter Scooter booth where every afternoon between 3pm-5pm something fun was happening, including a visit with the Galway’s, a music signing with Carol Wincenc, Viviana Guzman’s new make-up line and Tracy Harris’s introduction of a new sheet music collection. The exhibit hall was full of interesting and imaginative events as well as gorgeous flutes. And I enjoyed the experience of selling professional level flutes at Flute Center of New York. Overall it was a terrific convention and I’m looking forward to next year in San Diego!!
This NFA was a busy show for me, to say the least. Not only was it my first year with a booth, I also was in charge of scheduling all the guest appearances at the booth, including Carol Wincenc, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Nicole Esposito, Viviana Guzman, Barbara Siesel and Green Golly, and Tracy Harris. I also showed my hologram film at the "Experience" concert.
However, as these were all fantastic, my highlight of NFA is always meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. The flute community is full of such vibrant, talented, and caring people, whether it be the players, the instrument makers, the innovators and pioneers. We are all lucky to be in such a community!
This NFA was a particularly busy and fruitful one for me.